Rock Climbing Helmet
Helmets are built to protect the climber from falling rock, ice, or from impact during a fall. Rock climbing helmets should comply with standards and be approved and documented by a certification of compliance.
Materials Used in Making Climbing Helmets
The outer shell of rock climbing helmets are commonly made from these types of materials: Polycarbonate shell, hard plastic, polyethylene, polycarbonate or fiberglass. The inner shell is made for fitting comfort and distributing impact force. The inner shell is usually a foam liner or harness system.
- Plastic. climbing helmets are lightweight and strong and make good choices for caving, rock climbing and rappelling. This type of helmet is lighter than the fiberglass or polycarbonate composite helmets.
- Fiberglass and polycarbonate composite. Climbing helmets absorb the shock energy by breaking. The outer shell of the composite helmet absorbs the energy. Plastic and nylon helmets transfer the shock to the inner cradle harness. This type of helmet has a useful life about twice as long as the plastic helmet. Helmets made from fiberglass or polycarbonate are good choices for ice climbing.
Features of Climbing Helmets
Adjustability: Helmets for climbing should fit tight but not uncomfortably tight. There should be no gap between the head and inner suspension. The padding should press firmly and uniformly in pressure all the way around the head. The chin strap should be adjustable and circumference harness system.
Ventilation: The holes for ventilation on climbing helmets are small to limit rocks and dirt from getting inside. Many helmets provide option for plugging top side vents during cold weather. Some vent on the side using small holes or side ports.
Weight: The weight of a climbing helmet varies from about 10 oz / 280 grams, to 17 oz / 480 grams. Choose your helmet based on the importance of weight, considering the tradeoffs.
Recommended use: Many indoor climbers don't wear helmets--most gyms / climbing walls do not require their use. However, when climbing outdoors on rock or ice, rappelling, or cave climbing, it's pretty important to wear one. Protective head gear used in other sports, or construction hard hats should not be substituted. Climbing helmets are designed to excel in different climbing environments: Rock, big wall, face, mountaineering, ice, and cave climbing are different environments. Choose a helmet with the features required the particular sport. Each manufacturer provides a recommend use.
Warranty: This varies by manufacturer and varies widely. Check the warranty for each climbing helmet individually.
Care of your rock climbing helmet. Do not sit or step on it. When you finish climbing, wipe it down with a moist cloth inside and out. Store it in a cool, dark, and dry location with other climbing gear. Dry it by hanging it on a clothesline. Check it out before climbing, look for signs of wear or damage.
Climbing Helmets for Sale
Mammut El Cap Climbing Helmet
The Mammut El Cap Climbing Helmet has a stylish design and a comfortable fit that leaves no excuses for not wearing a helmet when you're climbing.
Petzl Picchu Children's Climbing & Cycling Helmet
The PICCHU helmet is designed for children who want to rock climb or cycle. It is very light and comfortable and constructed for durability. For night use, the PICCHU has a mount on the back of the helmet specially designed for attaching the SiGNAL red signalization light (included). Three pages of stickers, with one reflective page, are included so that the helmet can be personalized and made more...
Petzl Women's Elia Climbing Helmet
Designed to fit female climbers, the Petzl Elia Climbing Helmet provides great comfort and protection for rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, canyoning and caving.
Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet
Completely redesigned from the ground up, the Black Diamond Half Dome is the evolution of Black Diamond Equipment's most popular climbing helmet. With an improved fit and weight savings of more than 40 grams over the original, the Half Dome is an all-purpose workhorse ideal for everything from trad cragging to alpine expeditions. Also added is a custom-designed wheel adjuster for quick, secure...
Half Dome Climbing Helmet
The Half Dome Climbing Helmet has been redesigned from the ground up. With an improved fit and weight savings of more than 40 grams over the original, the Half Dome is an all-purpose workhorse ideal for everything from trad cragging to alpine expeditions. Also featuring a new custom-designed wheel adjuster for quick, secure and precise adjustments.
Petzl Elia Women's Climbing Helmet (2014) (Old Model)
The ELIA helmet was designed and developed to respond specifically to the needs of women. The innovative OMEGA headband system (Petzl patent) allows the helmet to be put on and removed easily and offers maximum comfort. In addition to this exclusive feature, the helmet has a new headband and webbing adjustment mechanism. It allows the helmet to be precisely adjusted for different head shapes.
Shield II Climbing Helmet
The Edelrid Shield II is perfect protection for long and demanding climbs. Lightweight and robust, In-Mold helmet with innovative closure system and excellent ventilation.
Black Diamond Men's Vector Climbing Helmet
Ideal for long routes, alpine climbs and other weight-sensitive exploits, the Black Diamond Vector helmet offers lightweight protection, superb ventilation and a great fit.
Black Diamond Women's Vector Climbing Helmet
Ideal for long routes, alpine climbs and other weight-sensitive exploits, the women's Black Diamond Vector helmet offers lightweight protection, superb ventilation and a great fit.
Black Diamond Vector Helmet
A revolutionary helmet that's ideal for long routes, alpine climbs and other weight-sensitive missions, the Black Diamond Women's Vector Helmet combines lightweight protection, excellent ventilation and 'barely there' comfort like never before. The geometric, co-molded EPS foam and polycarbonate shell provides full-coverage protection while remaining incredibly lightweight and comfortable,...
Meteor Climbing Helmet
Lightness and comfort have made the Petzl Meteor helmet a signature product for climbing and mountaineering. This model has the advantage of large openings for excellent ventilation. Its innovative adjustment system allows each climber to adjust his/her helmet to fit their specific head shape.
Petzl Vertex Vent Hi-viz Rescue Climbing Helmet ANSI High Visibility Yellow
Comfortable ventilated helmet for work at height and rescue With its strong chin strap, the VERTEX VENT helmet sets the standard in head protection for workers at height. Ventilation holes with adjustable sliding shutters allow air to circulate in the helmet when needed. Its sixpoint mesh headband ensures comfort, and its CenterFit adjustment system adjusts the headband and keeps it centered on the...
Sirocco Climbing Helmet
With a maximum weight of 165 g, the PETZL's SIROCCO climbing helmet becomes the new standard in terms of lightness. The monobloc construction minimizes helmet weight while retaining excellent impact resistance, due to the mechanical properties of expanded polypropylene (EPP). The textile adjustment system also contributes to its lightness. This helmet comes with a new magnetic buckle which allows...
Petzl Vertex Vent Helmet
Comfortable ventilated helmet for work at height and rescue. With its strong chinstrap, the VERTEX VENT helmet sets the standard in head protection for workers at height. It has ventilation holes with sliding shutters to allow the ventilation to be adjusted as needed. Its six-point textile suspension ensures maximum comfort, and its CenterFit adjustment system adjusts the headband and keeps the helmet...
Petzl Meteor Climbing Helmet
Lightness and comfort have made the METEOR helmet a signature product for climbing and mountaineering. This model has the advantage of large openings for excellent ventilation. Its innovative adjustment system allows each climber to adjust his/her helmet to head shape. The METEOR also comes with a new magnetic buckle which allows the chinstrap to be attached with one hand.
Petzl Elios Club Helmet
Very versatile and durable, the ELIOS helmet is suitable for climbing, mountaineering, caving, via ferrata, canyoning... It offers effective impact protection with its ABS shell and polystyrene foam liner. Fully adjustable and adapts to all head shapes: The sliding ventilation shutters allow the user to open or close them depending on conditions.
Camp Titan Helmet - Unisex
The Camp Titan helmet blends strength, durability, comfort, and a striking aesthetic unlike any other helmet. It is an authentic workhorse with an ABS injection molded shell that is specially shaped to optimize strength and durability. Assembly is done without the use of fixed components which means it can be disassembled for easy cleaning and maintenance. This is particularly useful for adventure...
Petzl Elia Helmet - Women's
The Petzl Elia is a rugged and comfortable helmet designed specifically to meet the needs of women. The patented Omega headband system allows the helmet to be put on and removed easily even when hair is put in a ponytail and allows maximum comfort with basically no hair pulling. This feature also includes a new headband and webbing adjustment mechanism. It allows the helmet to be precisely adjusted...